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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13 2013 11:35 a.m. MST

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2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It used to be that you had to be a racial minority or minority gender to get preferential treatment in the job interview process. Now it appears you need to be gay or trans-gender to have laws that say companies can't reject you after a job interview (or they will be hearing from your lawyer).

I mean how would they KNOW you were gay or trans-gender from an interview, much less make their decision based on your gender or sexual preference?

I mean does that kind of stuff actually come up in a job interview now days??

Are companies really firing people in droves when the find out they are gay or trans-gender?? I really haven't seen a huge trend towards that.

Maybe this really IS America's biggest problem we need Congress to solve right now. I guess it could be.

You should not get fired for your sexual orientation or gender conflict... but are a lot of people actually getting fired for that?

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Sen. Reid's mindset is troubling. He maintains that discrimination is inherent within any legal system, and so completely distorts the meaning of "discrimination." We all know today that this word is shorthand for depriving people of equal protection. Mike Lee (and presumably Reid) would've voted against the Civil Rights Act on the same basis. My question for Reid is how he defends the conclusion that ENDA is wrong based on the premise that "discrimination is inherent in law"? Seems to me there's a glaring middle term missing here.

Salt Lake City, UT

Just how does it violate YOUR religious freedom to not be able to refuse to hire someone exclusively because they are homosexual? Does it make you an accessory to their "sin." How about someone with same-sex attraction who is celibate? Homosexuality is no longer considered criminal behavior in our statutes. Would you also refuse to hire a single person because they might be having pre-marital sex? Or (in the case of a Catholic) refuse to hire someone who is married with no children who you suspect is using contraception? Or (in the case of Mormons) how about someone who drinks coffee? If you refuse to hire a qualified person only because they are gay I would say there is something seriously wrong with your morality and that you are not the least bit "Christ-like." Now that Orrin Hatch is serving his last term, he does not have to pander to the rightwing nuts, and we might being seeing his true compassionate side for the first time in 37 years. He would not have criticized Mike Lee if he was up for reelection in 3 years.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

The older I get,
The truer and truer John Lennon's song: "Imagine" becomes.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

LDS Liberal,
I don't think Lennon's "Imagine" is actually becoming any truer... it's your perspective that's changing.

I like the song but there are some concepts in it the still bother me.

"Imagine no possessions"... obvious reference to his solidarity with Marxism.

"Imagine there's no countries".. again the Marxist dream of governments being wiped out and the people taking power (problem is that gets REALLY messy and bloody).

"No greed or hunger" Again the Marxist dream and fallacy that just doing away with capitalism will end hunger (hint... it doesn't, it just makes it worse)

"Imagine all the people sharing the world as one"... (the dream of Progressivism, Global governance and New World Order rhetoric on steroids)

"And the world will live as ONE"... again progressivism, globalism and New World Order agenda creeps in.

Lennon was great... but this song was a tribute to his core belief in Progresivism and what he saw as the eventual triumph of Marxism.

I get the dreamy togetherness sentiments feeling more true today... but the longing for no governments, no capitalists, the fallacy that this Marxist triumph will end hunger... no truer today than it was then.

2 bit
Cottonwood Heights, UT

LDS Liberal,

I forgot to mention this one

"Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace"... Wouldn't that be sweat. No religions, no countries.... Sounds like Lennon would have fit in GREAT with the Occupy Wall street folks.

The problem is... Countries and Religion aren't what's keeping us from living in peace. They are what HELP people live in peace.

I know you think all Conservatives want to do away with the Government completely... but that's not true. We just want government to be as small and focused as possible, so it is controllable by the people (not the other way around).

Poplar Grove, UT

Mr. Reid,
If you replaced the word gay or homosexual in your article with christian or mormon would you feel the same way? You know that religion(and your religion in particular, mormons) are not popular in many area's in the country. Should you be able to be fired or denied housing solely for being mormon? I find it ironic that a group of people who benefit from these type of laws, are so against extending this same right to others?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

No --
Those reasons you sighted are precisely WHY his song is becoming more and more prophetic.

The older I get, the more Eternally Progressive, having all things in common, living life in peace I become.

The reasons our world is so screwed up is because of;
"the love" or "worship" of money,
my religion is right and yours is wrong - so I must kill you, because my God told me too,
You swim over that river, cross that maountain, or climb that fence and I will have to kill you for coming into MY country,
you can't force me to give up a few crumbs of my wealth that I'd never miss anyway to help feed or vaccinate starving children - they're not my mine, so they aren't my problem,

I can actually hear the words of Christ in the lyrics of that song.

Zion and the City of Enoch will be just as he describes...

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

"My right to discriminate trumps any of your rights" is what Mr. Reid seems to be saying.

Salt Lake City, UT

This poor man. Nonceleb has it right in pointing out the incongruous logic of this editorial. I pity the legislature if Sen. Reid's approach represents the average analytical skills that go into the making of public policy in Utah.

Enough of these attempts to blend church and state! Has the good Senator not read D&C 134:9? It states: "we do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered and another proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied."

Liddle Bruda
Salt Lake City, UT

Mr Reid. I cannot fire you for being religious or not. But I can fire you because you are straight. Are you ok with that? It is my business, and I am sure you are great at your job, but I just found out what you do in private, so I am going to have to let you go. My religion says straight people are inherently evil and therefore I will refuse to hire an out and proud straight person. Are you ok with this?

This is a ridiculous op-ed, and discrimination against another human being for something out of their control is idiotic. You probably are against laws that protect racial minorities from being fired for their skin color. Being homosexual is just as innate as being black.

American Fork, UT

Sorry, stuart. Rights accrue to individuals first, and the state should not be acting as muscle for religion. I won't say it often, but hatch did the right thing.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@LDS Liberal

All things in common MUST be voluntary.

Why would anyone want to live under a dictatorial system where all goodness (as defined by government or elites) is compelled by the power of government, how atrocious and enslaving that would be.

It's not the idea it's the method.

The exact same with enda.

Salt Lake City, UT

You cannot acknowledge that discrimination exists…

then try to fabricate reasons why it should not be combatted.

I mean, heaven forbid LGBT in America want to have a JOB! (Note: Sarcasm)

'Study: Gay Men Offered Fewer Job Interviews' - By Winston Gieseke - The Advocate - 10/04/11

'According to a study published today in the American Journal of Sociology, men whose resumes indicate that they’re gay are 40% less likely to be called in for job interviews, especially in the south or Midwest.' – article

Salt Lake City, UT

Wow, so I'm reading that oped and I'm thinking to myself, does the DNews have no discrimination at all? (See what I did there?) Will they print any pack of nonsense that someone sends to them?

And then I get to the end, and I see it is written by a Utah State Senator! A State Senator. Can you imagine? Of course. Utah.

Kearns, UT

"You should not get fired for your sexual orientation or gender conflict... but are a lot of people actually getting fired for that?"

Enough people are, so they need the same protections that you get for possibly being fired based on your religion. Being hired or fired should be based on you ability to do the required job and not on anything else. Perhaps you don't see the discrimination because you have not been the target of such acts; that doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

Everett, 00

It's 2013 -- 50 years since MLK Jr. "I have a Dream" speech.

Bigotry is still alive and well in America if we have to pass laws to change people's minds.

Senator's Reids comments prove my point.

salt lake city, utah

2bit,I know you think all Liberals want government to control every aspect of our lives ... but that's not true. We just want government to be the size necessary and focused as possible, so it serves it's function of providing freedom and justice for all and is controllable by the people (not the other way around).

There's a lot of common ground in our views, still there's a lot of disagreement. Disagreements that come from different world views.

The most troubling trend right now for me though is the very vocal faction of your party that refuses to cooperate with anyone. Cooperation is foundational to our very existence. When cells don't cooperate with one another it's called cancer and it leads to death.

Cooperation based on common interests is how life exists. It's also troubling that the DN seems to becoming the official (through editorials) voice of this faction. Principles are one thing rigidity and destruction are another.

Salt Lake City, UT

"Is this our America — an America where we have to choose between our livelihood and a religious conscience that supports morality in society?"

Spoken like the owner of a "whites-only" restaurant in Mississippi circa 1962.

Seriously - there is absolutely nothing to distinguish Mr. Reid's claim of a morality-fueled excuse for discriminating against gays and the shibboleths of southern legislators railing against the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960's.

mid-state, TN

@2bits --

"I mean how would they KNOW....I mean does that kind of stuff actually come up in a job interview now days??"

Yes, this "kind of stuff" really does affect real people looking for -- or trying to keep -- real jobs.

In states that don't already have anti-gay-discrimination laws, a man can literally be fired just for saying "I'm going to the movies with my boyfriend."

Here's just a few examples of how this sort of discrimination affects real people:

college soccer coach in Nashville -- fired in 2010 after she told her team that her female partner was pregnant.

legislative editor of the Georgia General Assembly -- fired in 2005 when she told her boss that she was transsexual and was going to begin dressing/presenting as a woman.

professor in Wisconsin -- offered a job as a university dean in 2010. When that university found out she was a lesbian, the offer was rescinded.

schoolteacher in Minnesota -- she was fired in 2013 after acknowledging that she's a lesbian.

Gay people shouldn't have to hide. "Don't Ask Don't Tell" was a bad policy for the military, and it's bad for civilian employment as well.

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